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Reflecting on Our Commitment to Educators During Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6, 2019

“When you learn, teach, when you get, give.” – Maya Angelou We all have different versions of the same story. It’s the story of an educator who helped us to understand the world outside of the communities where we grew up, introduced us to a subject that changed the course of our lives, or inspired […]

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Two Cultures. One Heart: Growing Educator Empathy With a Global Perspective

July 17, 2019

My busy and wonderful teacher days start in a predictable way. I am up early to enjoy a few quiet moments of my own, then I hit the gym or read as I ready myself for a full day with my second graders. Over coffee, I think about my lesson plans, checking in with colleagues, […]

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Stories from the Field

Flood Aftermath Brings Breakfast and New Relationships

March 6, 2019

When a community is ravaged by flooding, life becomes more difficult, including the challenge of keeping children and families nourished. How can a school district help with recovery from this life-changing event? That’s the question educators in Livingston Parish, Louisiana faced. In August 2016, Livingston Parish, Louisiana, experienced devastating flooding just six days into the […]

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NEA Foundation Selects 2020 Global Learning Fellows

June 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. (June 26, 2019) — The NEA Foundation today announced the selection of 44 public school educators to its international knowledge and skills development program, the Global Learning Fellowship. These educators, from 43 states and a U.S. Defense of Department school, will spend a year in a peer learning network, building their comprehension of […]

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The Language of Connection

December 17, 2018

Sarah Merchlewitz is a 2018 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow. If you’re interested in becoming an NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, the 2020 application is now open. With 11 national languages in South Africa, it’s a lot to think of mastering even one. However, on the 2018 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship field study, we were […]

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